The status update for May 13th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about a virtual Memorial Day ceremony, the Great Plates Program approval, MarinRecovers.com and a video update from Dr. Willis.
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Visit our Data & Surveillance webpage to view interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race and geographic region. In addition, you can track the total number of local hospital visits due to respiratory illness -like activity, which provides situational awareness and could be an early indicator of potential hospital surge in Marin.
Memorial Day ceremony goes virtual
With the cancellation of all large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Memorial Day ceremony is relocating from the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium to the internet. To continue the tradition of Marin County honoring its fallen comrades, event organizers will show a brief online ceremony on Facebook so Marin residents can watch safely from home.
Sean Stephens, the County’s Veterans Services Officer, plans to join Marin County United Veterans Council President Ray Mullin to participate in a live video at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, on the Council’s Facebook page and later replayed on Novato Community Television (NCTV) and Marin TV. Stephens, a four-tour combat veteran from the U.S. Army, and Mullin, a Navy vet from the Vietnam War era, traditionally play center-stage roles in the annual gatherings that have attracted 500 to 1,000 attendees at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.
The annual Memorial Day ceremony honors all fallen American servicemen and servicewomen in the line of duty with a special emphasis on Marin’s own heroes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings are considered high-risk for the spread of the virus and are not safe, especially for many of the older veterans who are at higher risk to contract the virus. Therefore, the organizers decided to embrace online streaming as a safe alternative.
Read the full news release and find out how you can attend the virtual ceremony.
New program approved that pays restaurants to feed seniors
In partnership with the local community, the County of Marin plans to start participation in the State of California’s Great Plates Delivered Program, set up to support older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for other nutrition programs.
Marin Great Plates, which would be free to recipients, also is a way to support local restaurants and other food providers who are struggling because of the economic downturn related to COVID-19.
The Marin County Board Supervisors approved the program during its May 12 meeting as proposed by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Marin Great Plates will launch its pilot program and deliver three restaurant meals a day, five days per week, to older adults starting May 18. The program will run through May 29 with the possibility of extension through June 10.
The first 1,000 people who apply who meet eligibility criteria will be recipients of the meals. To qualify, Marin residents must meet the following:
- Individuals who are 65 or older, or 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, including those who are medically documented as COVID-19 positive, COVID-19 exposed, or living with an underlying health condition;
- Individuals living alone or with one other program-eligible adult;
- Individuals not receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs;
- Individuals earning no more than 600% of the federal poverty limit, which is $74,940 or $101,460 for a household of two;
- Individuals who can affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals.
Local restaurants interested in participation may apply online and learn more about Great Plates. The County will select the first 50 that apply and meet the eligibility criteria. Restaurant selection is contingent on the food provider’s ability to meet volume and nutritional standards, source local produce/meats (if able), meet cultural needs, and prioritize local jobs, worker retention, worker health and safety, and standards of equity and fairness in employment practices, wages, hiring, and promotion.
Read the full news release to find out more about this new program.
Make sure to take a look at the MarinRecovers.com to see our phased recovery guidance and learn more about the steps we are taking toward reopening safely.
We are also seeking public feedback. A public comment form allows individuals to provide feedback to advisory groups who are leading the campaign. Group members will work within that industry to educate the community, updating content on MarinRecovers.com and successfully implementing the plans.
A video update from your Public Health Officer
Dr. Willis presents a new data dashboard (being released 5/14/20) that will show our progress in relation to the indicators we will be following as we gradually move towards reopening.